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Tappiyah Magic

Tappiyah Magic

Nature is so vibrant and strong at this location, its intelligible to be overwhelmed. It's one of those places who I'd call a temple or church, but for me it even became way more than this, it's where it all begun...


When I visited Luzon island in early 2o12 it was one of those days when the stones spoken to me and I start stacking as usual for the Gaia Inukshuk project , but I did not stop this time. I continued for 3 days till I stand in between 42 rock piles, it was this key experience which opened a new door to my creativity, its the balance which captured my attention.
One of those days a local guide with some travellers came by and we had a chat about the Philippines and of course what's my work here all about. He asked me if I also balance rocks on the edge, as this has long tradition by ancient tribes in the Philippines, "No" I said but in that very moment I remember a artist back in the Alps where I grew up.
I just started to experimenting with Photography at the time where I often went to Zürich for day trips and this artist was always at the shore of Lake Zürich and balanced his rocks ... I made a couple of photographs during sunset and had a chat with him. He recommend to have a try myself, I remember I start laughing and replayed "man, what you are doing is impossible, I would never be able to do so!".
Now all of a sudden it did not feel so impossible anymore and since I really fell in love with rocks and their wed surface at that amazing place, I knew I gonna try this, I want to master what I declared to be impossible!
Back on Formosa I immediately start to focus on balancing small and big stones on top of each other, as more I practise as harder it became to not doing it. To me its a magic discovery, me relation to stones was revolutionised, it became a interactive relation where I give balance to the rocks and they give balance to my life.


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